Mozilla Issues Security Updates for Firefox
Mozilla has pushed out a new version of Firefox that cleans up a dozen security flaws, more than half of which could be used by malicious Web sites or attackers to hijack the browser or the user's computer.
The new version, 188.8.131.52, also includes some stability updates. If you are using any version of Firefox 1.5, you may have already seen a pop-up notification when you launched the browser that a new version of the browser has been installed. If not, you can check for updates by selecting "Help" and then "Check for Updates." Windows users can download the standalone installer from here, while Mac and Linux users can get the installer here.
If you are still using an older version of Firefox in the 1.0.x family, you will not receive automatic updates, nor will you be able to apply these updates. It's a good idea to ditch the older version altogether by uninstalling it before you upgrade. This shouldn't affect your browser bookmarks, settings, etc., but it might not be a bad idea to locate and back up your profile first.
July 27, 2006; 9:56 AM ET
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